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Jo Thompson Szymanski
Jo Thompson Szymanski


An internationally acclaimed dance instructor and choreographer, Jo Thompson Szymanski has made quite an impact on dance floors worldwide. Having taught line and couple’s dance for 30 years, Jo holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Dance. She was voted International Line Dance Instructor of the Year for five years in a row at the UK Crystal Boot Line Dance Awards and was honored with being of the first two people to be inducted into the Line Dance Hall of Fame. Jo, a former Miss Texas and top ten finalist at Miss America, hosted her own instructional television show, Dance Line on The Nashville Network (TNN).

In addition to line dancing, Jo’s teaching and dancing experience spans the fields of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Country, Swing, Salsa, Ballroom, Square Dancing, Round Dancing, Clogging, and Latin. Demand for Jo’s teaching has taken her to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and all over the United States and Europe. In 2002 she retired from traveling to start a family.

In November of 2004 Jo was diagnosed with a very rare bone marrow disease, Aplastic Anemia. The disease also affected her joints requiring total replacement surgeries on both hips and multiple surgeries on her knees and shoulders. Gladly, through wonderful doctors and lots of prayer, the disease is now in remission and Jo is able to get back to her love of dance! Jo resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband, Tim, and their 4 1/2 year old daughter Anna.

Choreographer Stepsheets

Honey Bee Boogie  Jamie Marshall, Jo Thompson Szymanski and Frank Trace (June 2014)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Low Intermediate   Music: Life On The Farm (The Honeybee Song) by Scooter Lee. CD, "I'm Gonna Love You Forever"

Hot Tamales Jr.  Jo Thompson Szymanski & John Robinson – May 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Country Down To My Soul by Scooter Lee (CD – I'm Gonna Love You Forever) 158 bpm

How Long  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: "How Long" by the Eagles

Humanised  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (Nov 2012)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "Humanised (feat. Bajka)" by Sola Rosa. Album: "Get It Together", single or album

I Ain't Never  Michael Barr, Michele Burton and Jo Thompson Szymanski – September 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: I Ain't Never by Scooter Lee. CD: Midnight Hauler

I Love I Love I Love  Jo Thompson Szymanski (March 2012)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate ECS   Music: Hold Me by Jamie Grace (feat. TobyMac) CD: "One Song At A Time" 136 bpm - (2 Restarts and 1 Tag).

I Love You I Do  Michael Barr, Michele Burton and Jo Thompson Szymanski (Feb 2013)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate - Rumba   Music: I Love You I Do by Scooter Lee. CD: "Welcome to Scooterville" (112 bpm)

I SEE I SEE  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Rita Thompson

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner/Intermediate level   Music: I'm Beginning To See The Light by Bobby Darin

I Thank You  Michele Perron (Lions Bay, BC, Canada) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (Denver, CO, USA) Jan 2015

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: I Thank You by Lulu. Album: Put A Little Soul In Your Heart [117 bpm - 3:27 minutes]

It's Time to Swing  John Robinson & Jo Thompson Szymanski - August 2019

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Time To Swing – Scooter Lee. CD: Midnight Hauler – www.scooterlee.com, Amazon, iTunes

Jo 'N Jo Tango  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Rita Jo Thompson (June 08)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Intermediate   Music: Hernando's Hideaway by Alfred Hause's Tango Orchestra (CD: entitled Tango)

Jo's Mixer  Jo Thompson Szymanski – Pub. June 2015

    32 Count    0 Wall    Beginner Contra Circle Mixer   Music: Dancin' Shoes by Ronnie McDowell

Joy's Gonna Come In The Morning  Jo Thompson Szymanski – May 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: Joy's Gonna Come In The Morning by Scooter Lee (CD – Joy's Gonna Come In The Morning) 89/178 bpm

Jumpin' The Gun  Team U S eh? - Judy McDonald, Jackie Miranda, Jo Thompson Szymanski

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate WCS   Music: "Jumpin' The Gun" by Ronnie Barnes

Just a Two Steppin'  Norman Gifford & Jo Thompson Szymanski – July 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Joy's Gonna Come in the Morning - Scooter Lee - 178 bpm

JUST FOR GRINS  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: Billy B. Bad by George Jones

Just Your Size  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Oct 07)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "My Man's An Undertaker" by Catherine Russell CD: Cat

K Step Boogie   Jo Thompson Szymanski and Michele Burton - 2011

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy by Scooter Lee from the CD – Big Bang Boogie

Keep It Groovin'  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (October 2016)

    64 Count    4 Wall    High Intermediate   Music: Keep It Groovin' by Extreme Music - Album: Superfunk

King David Danced  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) Oct 2012

    64 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: King David Danced - Scooter Lee. CD: Sing A New Song Gospel (178 bpm)

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